2024 CCTWS Annual Meeting

Pathways to Success: Conserving At-Risk Wildlife in the American West

CCTWS Agenda With Abstracts! HERE

Keynote Speaker:
Colorado Parks and Wildlife Director

Jeff DavisJeff Davis, Director

Jeff Davis joined Colorado Parks and Wildlife as Director in May 2023. Prior to leading CPW, Jeff had a nearly 23-year career with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, serving as an Area Habitat Biologist, a Forest and Fish Section Manager, the Deputy Assistant Director and the Assistant Director of WDFW’s Habitat Program.
In his role as Director of Conservation Policy, Jeff led salmon recovery, served on the Forest Practices Board, and coordinated interdisciplinary internal teams on a variety of conservation initiatives. Jeff brings extensive experience working with leadership, legislators, Tribal Nations, the hunting and fishing community, conservation groups, and other constituencies to CPW. He has crafted legislation and regulatory approaches to habitat and biodiversity conservation, and engaged in climate resiliency, sustainability and land use/management issues similar to those facing Colorado. Jeff also led efforts to reform and improve agency engagement with a diverse public, championed internal diversity and equity priorities and successfully navigated complex budget and personnel issues.
Jeff received his BS in Biology, Wildlife Management from Central Washington University. He also attended the University of Wisconsin Stevens Point, where he studied Wildlife Management. Jeff has a deep passion for the outdoors. He is an avid outdoor recreationist and strongly believes in conserving nature for future generations to enjoy.
Plenary Speaker

Dr. Sara Oyler-McCance is a Supervisory Research Geneticist at the Fort Collins Science Center. She is a conservation geneticist studying a wide variety of taxa

As a research geneticist and director of the Fort Collins Science Center’s Molecular Ecology Lab, Dr. Oyler-McCance’s research is dedicated to the application and advancement of genetic theory and techniques to address a variety of complex questions and conservation issues facing the management of the Nation’s fish and wildlife resources and their habitats. Much of her research involves questions concerning threatened and endangered species, yet some involves detection of invasive species. She uses genetic and genomic methods to investigate connectivity and to identify adaptive genetic diversity, both of which are important for ensuring persistence of species of conservation concern. She explores how species are impacted by land use change and changing climates and how to give them the best chance of surviving in a changing world. Her work also explores how to optimally manage the genetic diversity within a species (for example, through translocations) and how to best inventory what species are present and the state of species well-being, persistence, or risk (that is, population size, levels of genetic diversity).

This year we will have an in-person photography contest again!  We invite you to submit a photograph to be judged by popular vote.  Photographs can be from work or recreation, and categories include Amphibians, Reptiles, and Fish; Birds; Invertebrates; Mammals; Game Camera; Human Dimensions; Landscapes and Still Life (including flora); and Creative/Comedic.  Each member may submit up to three photographs and there is no fee to submit a photograph.  Winners will receive a prize.
To submit a photograph, please bring a printed 8 x 11 inch photograph to the registration table at the annual meeting.  You must also provide a submission form due at registration on February 8, 2024 available HERE.  For questions, please contact Marcella<dot>Tarantino<at>birdconservancy<dot>org.”
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